Despite the memes circulating around promising us all that 2016 was the worst year ever I have had a lot of fun reflecting on it. Specifically in regards to my job at Iron Horse. My position involves managing our social media and keeping track of the interactions, impressions, likes (and unlikes) that we receive. If… Read more »
The Horse's Mouth aka a blog about indedpendent beer
Making our thoughts known via letters, words and pictures, rife with typos and references to tacos.
It will come as no surprise that this blog looks to upend some conventional wisdom, it’s kind of what we do. Although, I’m not certain that what I am about to question is either conventional or wisdom. I would probably describe it more as idiotic business cheerleading. Although that’s probably not a fair assessment either…. Read more »
Gary shows us how to follow @IronHorseBeer on Snapchat.
There are good people. Everywhere. I have found that [ the pub ] tends to draw in some of the kindest, most generous, most understanding people I have ever met. I have seen our regulars and staff pull together to support each other when hardship strikes more than a couple times in the six months… Read more »
The alarm rings. It is 7 a.m. again this morning. I wake up with a big yawn and a nice ball scratch. As I am grabbing my morning tea I take a peek outside to see what mother nature has done that previous night. FUCK! It snowed, and it snowed a lot. Today shall be… Read more »
Many of you in Kittitas County have consumed Cozy Sweater beer this winter. (Many of you have consumed one too many a time or two.) And some of you got real festive and attended the Cozy Sweater vs. Mocha Death Party. Because of you and a handful of generous businesses in the community, Iron Horse… Read more »
What in the heck does Nic even do? He sure seems to be here a lot and looks like he is always driving around in circles on the forklift so what the heck is he doing?? Well as the Warehouse Manager/Shipping Coordinator I serve several important functions for Iron Horse Brewery. The first thing… Read more »
There’s a new, special, fancy, unique, one-of-a-kind beer available at [ the pub ] and this is how it came to be. Three years ago, former IHB Brewer Paul Baker came to me and said, “Hey, I got this barrel that we should put some stuff in.” I said, “Okay.” Well the barrel was a… Read more »
Hello again, y’all! My goal blog has yet again evaded me. I have been trying to write basically a book report on “American Women and Repeal of Prohibition” by Kenneth D. Rose. But, yet again, summarizing such a momentous effort and cultural revolution leading up to the enactment and repeal of Prohibition evaded me. Do… Read more »
Cost: $4.25 (each) Time: 30 mins or an hour if you paint on the wood. You may want to add additional dry time. Difficulty: SUPER easy. Tools Needed: Drill, screwdriver Materials: 1 foot pine wood pieces (one for each wall mount you want to make), stain, brushes, sand paper, paper towel, bottle openers (best deal… Read more »
Christmas gifts for the foodie you love as recommended by Cheffery. Books: Thug Kitchen Prison Ramen Movies: Chef Jiro Dreams of Sushi El Bulli Tortilla Soup
Have you ever visited Iron Horse Brewery’s production facility? Have you ever contemplated the intricacies of how exactly the beer you know and love is brewed, packaged, and distributed? Do you care? Well, you are reading this, so maybe you are at least interested. Production brewing is a combination of science and efficiency, consisting of… Read more »
As part of the sales and marketing team, I spend a considerable amount of time researching and trying to predict the next big “thang”. With over 4,500 craft breweries, it’s an absolute dumpster fire of category noise. IPA continues to be roughly 36% of the Craft Beer category, with fruit and vegetable based hops driving… Read more »
Ever wonder where we came up with Mocha Death? You either? Yeah well, who asked you anyway. Whatever year it was I can’t remember but a long time ago we used to make an anniversary beer that was not only for Iron Horse but also for the Beer Shoppe in Yakima, found here and here…. Read more »
I love collegers. I really do. They are generally enthusiastic, resourceful, and dedicated to living for ideals, rather than the sometimes cruel reality that life tends to hand you. But I made a mistake confusing resourcefulness with exploitive opportunism. In June of 2014, (2.5 years ago) we decided to run a print advertisement in CWU’s… Read more »
Selling is not always easy, but if the person is knowledgeable, driven and knows what they must achieve for success, it can be a little easier. For beer sales, there will always be challenges that a rep will face, whether it’s a pain-in-the-ass customer, competitors, lack of communication, or just not having the tools you… Read more »
Gary shows us how to never miss an Iron Horse Brewery Facebook update.
If you know me, which you probably don’t, because I’m anti-social, but if you did, you would know that Scheduling Things is not one of my, er, best attributes. There is something so damn appealing about winging it and using gut instinct for, like, almost everything; the idea of planning more than 10 days in… Read more »
Skiing versus Snowboarding- a debate almost as important as Cozy Sweater versus Mocha Death. Growing up in the eastern part of the PNW meant for long cold snowy winters. As the Idaho and Montana IHB Sales Rep, I live in an area riddled with mountains and ski resorts to help pass the time. I started… Read more »
Three months ago I gave up my personal space, my humble abode, sleeping in the middle of the bed, having a closet to myself, and pooping in peace when I invited another human to have a permanent toothbrush next to mine. It can be a scary and stressful decision to combine your space and personal… Read more »